Unstoppable Octobia May

Sharon G. Flake. Scholastic Press, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-545-60960-9
It’s 1953, and 10-year-old Octobia May believes that “freedom is as big as the moon for a colored gal who ain’t afraid of nothing.” She’s eager to follow in her Aunt Shuma’s footsteps and go after what she wants, even if others disapprove. But trying to prove that her aunt’s insomniac boarder, Mr. Davenport, is a vampire could be too risky, even for brave, quick-thinking Octobia May. After she thinks she sees Mr. Davenport murdering a woman on the street, she is targeted by the boarder, who is a wealthy banker, and an Irish policeman who thinks she’s up to no good. Three-time Coretta Scott King Honoree Flake (The Skin I’m In) offers a fast-paced mystery that traces Octobia May’s journey into dangerous territory at a time when women and African-Americans struggled to exercise their rights. Though some of Octobia May’s feats push plausibility and some secrets about Mr. Davenport’s past too easily discovered, Flake provides an eye-opening picture of post-WWII America. Octobia May is a determined sleuth who will win the admiration of Flake’s fans. Ages 8–12. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/28/2014
Release date: 09/30/2014
Genre: Children's
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